Television Ga Ga

TV listings, back then

An enlightening experience after moving into a new apartment.  I was primarily concerned with an internet connection for work, so only asked the cable company to turn that on until I could get a digital box for “the works”.  Watching TV was not foremost on my mind.  Who has time?  Well, it turned out I did.  Even without the box for premium channels, the tuner detected a dozen or so stations.  Unwittingly I had the networks  and and assortment of other  local channels.  Much of the prime time programming was, in fact, high definition.  I didn’t need “Honey Boo Boo”, “Jersey Shore” and the like in my life .  I went back to watching news at 6pm instead of 24/7.

It reminded me of the days of analog television, 13 Channels and nothing on when a choice between “M*A*S*H”/”One Day at a Time” (CBS), “Police Woman” (NBC) and and “Eight is Enough (ABC) on a Tuesday night in 1977 seemed like too many options.  We didn’t even have VCRs… if you missed it, you missed it.  No one then entertained the possibility of watching “Star Wars” repeat on a s-f channel…  and choosing NOT to watch it!  I was wonderfully close to rediscovering the pleasure of books.

Now that I have Comedy Central,  BBC America,. etc, . again wonder how I lived without.  Television doesn’t have to be a vast wasteland.

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One response to “Television Ga Ga

  • happyflowerwordzoo002

    I do recall when three choices were the only available T.V. options. Now we have the multi-channel universe competing for our time, distracting us from the privacy of our own thoughts/feelings. I, somehow, manage to survive with minimum cable. News/weather and a few fav shows. Great post. Thanks.

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